Welcome to this month's edition of click! It's Stephanie here with you today to share some of my favorite ways to photograph and document my children's artwork. I love including their doodles, writings and drawings in my Project Life album. I love how it captures their current ages and interests at the same time! But they create A LOT of art, doodles and what not!! While I would love to include every single piece, I've found that photographing the larger pieces keeps me from having huge stacks of artwork and doodles laying around my house!
Here are some of my tips for documenting your child's artwork and including it in your Project Life album.
This is probably my favorite way to add my childrens' work. I love searching through the piles and piles of drawings in our kitchen and playroom to find the perfect piece to add to my week's spread. And there is just nothing better than stumbling across an "I "love you", you know! This little piece of paper wasn't large enough to fill the whole pocket, so I adhered it to a piece of cardstock with some washi tape and added a little tag and a date stamp.
2. Photograph a piece of art and record the details
My children create lots of art and doodles. Many are just too large to include in my album. The picture above is something my son painted one afternoon. He was so proud that he painted his "name" and I wanted to document the art, as well as his sweet little words. I photographed the artwork in a nice bright room and then used a layered template in Photoshop to place the photo and words side by side.
3. Photograph a group of artwork
These paintings are above my daughter's bed in her room. They are all pretty large and are obviously too long to fit in my Project Life album.....but I just had to include them somehow! I decided to photograph them straight on leaving enough room above the photos to include a title. I love how these will forever be documented...even when my daughter's obsession with mermaids fades.
4. Photograph artwork in action
This is another one of my favorite ways to capture my children's art. I love photographing their art in action. In the picture above, my daughter was working on some hidden love notes I had made for her. Taking photos like this allows you to remember not only the artwork, but the little things....like chipped fingernail polish, hand tattoos, a callus from thumb sucking. All things that will also soon fade with time.
5. Photograph multiple creations in action
This is pretty similar to the photograph above, but in this picture I've captured both my son and daughter making beautiful rainbows. This picture just makes me smile. And it truly shows both of their ages and personalities right now. My daughter loves everything uniform, organized and neat. My son, on the other hand, is only two and just loves to be messy.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!! I hope I have inspired you to photograph and document your children's artwork!! Happy snapping!!